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Destination Wedding in Honolulu, Hawaii

Bin + Huy

I met Bin + Huy for the first time at the Getty Museum in Los Angeles where Huy proposed to Bin after a Harry Potter scavenger hunt. These two have the most fun with each other and I was so lucky to get to come over to Hawaii to capture their beautiful destination Wedding in Oahu.

They picked the Halekulani Resort, right along the Waikiki Beach, to host their guests and have their wedding festivities. Most hotel weddings like this are wonderful because you can get stay, get ready and celebrate all in the same place. Usually these properties have interesting architecture, gardens or corridors that make for great wedding portraits. The ceremony spaces are usually fairly private and feature some of the best views on the property. The Halekulani checked all of these boxes on Bin & Huy’s wedding day.

The couple included lots of wonderful Hawaiian touches that made their destination wedding feel really special for their guests. They had a local ukulele player, their officiant performed a traditional conch (shell) blowing and they of course gifted each other fresh Hawaiian leis during the ceremony. The hotel did a big luau feast and each guest got cookies from the Aloha Cookie Company as takeaway gifts. Huy and Bin’s handwritten vows to each other were one of the most memorable events of the day along with the cutout of Charlie, the grooms dog, waiting ‘patiently’ by the best man.

It was important to the bride and groom to have show their guests all the bits of Hawaiian culture that they love so much. This day was gorgeous and I was so happy to come along to capture all the moments along the way. I included in this post a few of my favorites from their proposal, a pre-wedding session we did on the north shore and the actual wedding day.

 

Some wonderful things about getting married in Hawaii:

  1. Your guests can come enjoy the islands [or not!]
  2. There are wonderful locals available to incorporate Hawaiian traditions into your ceremony
  3. The weather is wonderful almost all year round
  4. Islands are so close that you can easily hop to another to enjoy a second day of photography or start your honeymoon
  5. It’s freaking Hawaii

 

 


More options and ideas: check out my guide on the top 20 Best Places to Elope in the US